Magenta Mine Walk

Chiltern MAP
Half Day Walks
Category
15 kms
Distance
4 hours
Est. Time
Grade 2
Grade
Circuit
Style
Historic Walks
Type

From 1860, earth, rock and quartz were excavated and carted out of the Magenta Reef by horse and dray. The open cut was worked to a depth of 15 metres. Two shafts were sunk to access gold bearing ore. Today, you can view one of these from the eastern side of the open cut. There is also a viewing platform to view the enlarged tunnel, which was worked to a depth of 30 metres. The quartz was crushed at the nearby stamper batteries and the timber foundations can still be seen today. Published figures report a total of 21,665 tons of material was crushed, yielding 9,900 ounces of gold. It is thought that 13,000 ounces of gold is more accurate.